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The Province of Baracoa straddles two oceans, the Caribbean Sea to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. The actual city of Baracoa faces the Atlantic. Baracoa is the first of the original seven cities founded by Velázquez Baracoa, and is the oldest colonial city in the Americas. Baracoa was my second favorite city in all of Cuba, and was just barely nudged out of first place by Trinidad on the Caribbean side of the island. In this watercolor you can see the city’s coastline, seawall and malecon (seaside walkway) separating the sea from the buildings slightly inland.
Photographer’s note: The original digital image was captured as a JPG file using my Canon PowerShot G15 camera (backup shooter to my 5D Mark II). Camera settings: 1/2000s @ f/2.8, ISO 125, FL/28mm, Natural Light, Handheld. Post-edit adjustments and enhancements (including painting affect) were completed using Photoshop Essentials 11, Photomatix Essentials (HDR) and Corel Painter Essentials 4 software.